Why Mortgage Service Providers’ Shares Tumbled: Walter Investment Management Corp (WAC)

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Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE:WAC)What: Shares of mortgage service providers came under heavy pressure following an earnings miss from Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE:WAC), which tumbled as much as 24%. Peer Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc  (NYSE:NSM) couldn’t escape the pressure and dipped as much as 10% as well.

So what: For the quarter, Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE:WAC) reported a 13% increase in year-over-year revenue to $176.4 million and a profit of $0.64. Unfortunately for shareholders, Wall Street had been expecting $0.67 in EPS. However, management didn’t seem deterred by its small miss, guiding 2013 EBITDA to $650 million to $725 million, which is well ahead of current estimates. Management cited recent acquisition of $93 billion in unpaid principal balance residential servicing assets from Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) that are backed by Fannie Mae as all the more reason to be excited about the company’s long-term growth.

Now what: I had, admittedly, thought Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE:WAC) had gotten ahead of itself in terms of valuation prior to this quarterly report, but the downside reaction to a very small miss and what I’d deem solid guidance seems a bit much. The same goes for Nationstar, which is currently down 5% in sympathy with Walter Investment Management Corp (NYSE:WAC). Both companies will need to continue to deliver for shareholders, but, if Walter Investment’s EBITDA guidance is any indication, the mortgage servicing sector is doing just fine.

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